The versatile 30-06.

SJB358

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Dec 24, 2006
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truck driver":1kqec6rg said:
SJB358":1kqec6rg said:
FOTIS":1kqec6rg said:
The only thing bad I can say about the 30-06 is that it works with "boring" regularity. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

I’m having a blast with the 212’s. Definitely made me pay attention.
Ha Ha Ha LOL I can remember when you said you wouldn't own a 30-06 and now it's making a believer out of you. :shock: :roll: :lol: :grin:


Let’s not get toooooo far carried away :mrgreen:
 

ShadeTree

Handloader
Mar 6, 2017
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JD338":132hfyy3 said:
The 30-06 is pretty plain vanilla but it works very well.
I cut my teeth on the ol war horse, first rifle, first reloading, first deer, first bear and first antelope. I put 6000 rounds through it and shot out the barrel.
All this talk makes me want another one.
Great round for sure.

JD338

Heck JD, this discussion makes me want one and I got enough! :lol: I got a 91 model Browning A-bolt in 30-06 with a bell & carlson stock on it that I'm anxious to try out.

I can feel it relaxing a tad when I back off the front action screw so I'm gonna bed it first. Love the smooth 60 degree bolt on it. A whole lot of rifle and cartridge for the money I picked it up at I feel.
 

PJGunner

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Dec 11, 2010
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FOTIS":ihsds49p said:
The only thing bad I can say about the 30-06 is that it works with "boring" regularity. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


And boring really ain't all that bad. :lol: I always seem to quote the late Col. Whelen when he said, "The 30-06 is never a mistake." I think he was right. I killed my forst dee at age 11. Didn't get into srious hunting, shooting and reloading until I was 16 but made up for lost time in on hell of a hurry. 8) By then hunting was almost exclusively with a 30-06. Sometimes I used a 30-30. Did all of my handloading with a Lyman 310 tong tool. They made some decent ammo too. It wasn't until 1973 that I went looking for a lighter rifle. At the time I was a heavy chain smoker and up at the 8,000 to 9,500 feet MSL on Mt. Lewis in Nevada where I was doing most of my deer hunting. Let's just say that heavy 30-06 was killing me. I found a Remington 660 in ,308 and used that for the most part until I moved from Nevada to Arizona. FWIW, I quit smoking in 1975. By the time deer season rolled around the altitude wasn't much of a problem. I used the 06 a couple of times but by 1985 my deer rifle was a Ruger M77 RSI in .308. Still, on just about every hunt I've gone on since 1973 has seen a 30-06 go along as major rifle or as back up to whatever I was using. I don't see that changing anytime in the future although I am enjoying the heck out of playing with the 7x57. I do plan on doing a hunt with that one in the very near future if I can book a hunt.
Paul B.
 

SJB358

Ballistician
Dec 24, 2006
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Great account Paul. I really have began to like the 06 myself as I move along.
 

HAWKEYESATX

Handloader
Aug 15, 2016
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Well, the .30-06 has been kicking around for over 114 years, and like fine wine, keeps getting better with age.
In my youth, like many others here, I didn’t listen to my dad when he touted the ‘06. I was thinking in my head, what does he know anyways. Even then it was antiquated, but never down and out.
So, I tried my hand with the .300 Mag rifles, the 7mm Rem Mag, the .338 Win Mag. The recoil never bothered me much, except for the old Ruger M77 tang safety .300 Win Mag. That stock had too much drop in it, and too thin! It hurts even to think about it.
But, as I get older, I’m realizing my old man has gotten more wise as the years pass by me.
Plus, it always seems for me I get interested in a cartridge just at it seems to be waning in popularity, but that’s ok! More for us that like the ‘06 now.
In the past, the question would always arise to the gun scribes about if they could only have one caliber to hunt with, and it was almost unanimous, they would pick the ‘06 over everything else.
Why you may ask? Well, the ‘06 ammo can be purchased just about anywhere there are firearms sold, even in remote places like up in the mountains of Colorado, in a tiny gas station, or even in areas of Africa, if your luggage has a mishap at the airport, and your ammo gets separated from your rifle somehow. The PH will have some leftover from previous hunters, or know a place where you can buy some.
Is the .30-06 a barn burner? No, but it is the industry standard to which all other cartridges are judged.
I can honestly tell you, also, that seeing Guy’s success with his has made me reevaluate the cartridge, and wanting to give it a try, on top my dad’s words echoing in my mind about it.
The old saying is true. If you can’t beat ‘em, then join them!
That’s exactly what I plan on doing!
Another thing, as technology has progressed, and powders and bullets keep getting better, it makes the old ‘06 that much better as well.
I think that’s something the millennial crowd should think about as well.


Hawk


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Alaska

Handloader
Aug 20, 2006
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My first 30-06
A 1979 Win Model 70 XTR and my first handload
IMR 4895 @ 47.2
LC brass and Fed 210 primers
Only thing has changed today in this XTR is the bullet added the 175 LRX
I have harvested game from Carolina to Alaska with this rifle .
 

FOTIS

Range Officer
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I can not live without a 30-06. Even though it puts me in a boredom induced coma it always follows me in every hunt at least as a back up! Mine is a super accurate Savage 116 and it wears a Burris E-1 3x9x40mm scope. Basic enough but always delivers. I ordered some 162 gr Absolute hammers and I will work up a load close to 3100 fps. Hopefully she will love them. I will make 50 of them and will probably last me forever.


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Deceased via 30-06 with 165 Ballistic tips last year.




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Guy Miner

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Apr 6, 2006
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A pair of Springfields that Dad owned for many years. The top one was "sporterized" for him, by his father, while Dad was still in the Navy after WWII. The bottom one is as built for war, but Dad cleaned up the stock quite a bit, making it really very nice. The top one, was the first centerfire rifle I shot, at around 10 years old as I recall. It bucked me pretty good! :)

I'll be doing some loading for both of these. Will be a real pleasure shooting Dad's old 30-06 Springfields. :) Good memories of shooting with him.

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Rol-P

Beginner
Jun 7, 2022
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In 2013 my Montana Outfitter informed me that a 30 caliber would work better than my 270 Winchester for elk so I purchased a Left hand Remington 700 Classic in 30-06. Tagged out that year with one shot kills
and have enjoyed success with the 30-06 on subsequent hunts. This year I hope to harvest an elk with my TIKKA 3x Hunter in 30-06. Recently I did a quick comparison of the same 180 grain bullets in the 30-06 and 300 Win. using JBM ballistics. The bottom line is that for around 29% more powder (YMMV) and recoil the the 300 Win. gives a flatter trajectory and more power, but both are more than adequate for 1,500+ ftp of energy at 500yds, the maximum range in my comparison. At 76 years old I will leave the magnums to you younger folks. :)
 

TackDriver284

Handloader
Feb 13, 2016
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I have a 308 and a 300 and like 30 caliber in between, and a 30 06 fits the bill perfectly. Hopefully one day I'll be able to own one. The 30 06 has been around a long time.
 

D21ALASKA

Beginner
Oct 29, 2013
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Whenever a friend or acquaintance that's just getting into firearms/hunting asks what cartridge they should be looking at in a rifle, the '06 is always my first recommendation. Lots of good ones out there but it's the benchmark I believe and just an iconic round as well. Love it.
 

ShadeTree

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Mar 6, 2017
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Just shot one again today........old M98 Mauser. Slow lock time, trigger design puts pressure on the weak part of the action, blah, blah, blah. Same load that works in all 30-06's. 57 grains of IMR 4350 with a 165 bullet. Under MOA 5 shot group at 200 yards. 1/2" vertical spread. Might fool with seating depth to see if I can tighten in the horizontal spread, or just leave it alone and go forth and kill stuff.
 
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